State’s poverty problems severe, could get worse

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Illinois is awash in poverty — 1 in 4 state residents on Medicaid, which provides health coverage, and 1 in 3 considered either poor or low-income.  So says the Heartland Alliance, which recently issued an “Illinois Poverty Update” that claims “that societal position keeps opportunities out of (the poor’s) reach and nearly guarantees worse outcomes in every quality of life domain — making all of us worse off.”